No. 2 reactor at 2nd nuclear plant resumes power generation

Taipei, The No. 2 reactor at the second nuclear power plant in New Taipei's Wanli District resumed operations early Wednesday after being taken offline Tuesday for a safety inspection and is expected to reach full capacity in late June at the earliest, according to state-run utility Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower).

The reactor was operating at 24 percent capacity, generating 245,000 kilowatts of electricity at 10 a.m. Wednesday, and its generating capacity will gradually increase but remain under 60 percent capacity, said Taipower spokesperson Hsu Tsao-hua (???).

The reactor was taken offline at about 8:00 p.m. Tuesday for safety checks after one of its connectors was found to be overheated, Hsu said.

The checks were conducted as a safety precaution and in accordance with standard operating procedures, according to Hsu.

Prior to being taken offline, the reactor was operating at 60 percent capacity, generating 580,000 kilowatts of electricity earlier Tuesday, falling to 30 percent capacity in the afternoon and 18 percent at 6 p.m.

The reactor, which went offline in May 2016 following a glitch in its electrical system during major maintenance work, resumed operation on March 27, but automatically shut down the next day after it developed another glitch.

Taipower submitted an application on April 9 to the Atomic Energy Council (AEC) to restart the reactor. After convening several review meetings and conducting an on-site inspection on June 4, the AEC approved the restarting of the reactor. It resumed power generation power on June 8.

If run at full capacity, the reactor will provide about 985,000 kilowatts or 2.7 percent of the operating reserve margin -- the percentage of generating capacity available to the power grid that can be called upon within a short period of time.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel